Ginger Snap Crafts: July 2011

saturday surprise {rebecca's soap delicatessen giveaway} CLOSED

Oh... if only computer screens were scratch & sniff.
{Just imagine the yummy smells of these soaps! nice!} ;)Picture I have a Saturday Surprise for you!
Rebecca from {Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen} is sponsoring
a fabulous giveaway today on Ginger Snap Crafts!

Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen was founded in 2001 by Rebecca D. Dillon.
She's been making handmade shea butter soaps since 2001 after becoming hooked herself on
handcrafted soaps and discovering what a difference they've made on
her skin. Since then, Rebecca has expanded into making handmade goat
milk and shea butter lotions and handmade solid shea butter sugar
scrub cubes. All of her handmade soaps are made with natural,
unrefined shea butter using the cold process soapmaking method and
produce a rich, quality lather you're sure to enjoy!

Rebecca's educational background is in fine art. When not making soap
she enjoys a variety of activities including mocking bad, bad movie
flicks with her teenage son, reading mostly paranormal fiction,
dancing and enjoying live music gigs in her hometown of Roanoke, VA,
the occasional karaoke night, and shopping for all things handmade.

Lavender Mint Soap

Up for grabs today is a prize package worth over $30! {Wow!}
The winner of this fabulous giveaway will receive:

Mango + Papaya Luxury Shea Butter Soap
Mango + Papaya Goat Milk Lotion
Pomegranate Cream Goat Milk Lotion
Red Currant Shea Butter Soap
Bestselling Unscented Goat Milk Soap

So are YOU ready to enter?
{Must be a Ginger Snap Crafts follower old or new.}
Mandatory Entry:

1. Visit Rebecca's shop {here} & then come back here & let me know your favorite product.  :)

Optional Entries:

2. Like Rebecca's facebook page {here}. 
3. Follow Rebecca on twitter {here}.
4. Follow Rebecca's blog {here}.
5. Follow Rebecca on Pinterest {here}.

For each entry please leave a separate comment & let me know which one you did. 
{Please leave your email address if you are a no reply blogger.}
Winner will announced next Saturday, August 6th.
Open to U.S. residents only, thanks!

If you'd like to sponsor a Saturday Surprise
on Ginger Snap Crafts e-mail me at
& I'll give you more information. :)

I link up to several link parties throughout the week! {Thank you so much for hosting, ladies!}
You'll find a link to each of these fabulous blogs on my sidebar.

fab friday {bandana shorts}

Every summer we have to make bandana shorts!
They are super easy, {cheap!}, comfy, cool & fun to make.
The kiddos can even help out.
{I found a great tutorial here.}
Remember I don't sew!  So if I can make these YOU can, too! :)

All you'll need is two bandanas, {Got mine from Hobby Lobby for less than a dollar! Wahoo!}
a package of 1 inch elastic & the usual sewing supplies:
sewing machine, thread, scissors & needles.
First you'll need to make a pattern.  
Make it about 2 inches wide by 10 inches long.  Make sure it curves at the end.
Fold your bandana in half.  Then cut the pattern out on the side opposite the fold.
Do the same thing for both of your bandanas.

Unfold both of your bandanas.  Lay them down right side together.  Pin them together along the edges.
Now you'll sew the two bandanas together.  Leaving the top & bottom part open.

Open up your bandana's as shown & pin the crotch area together.
Then you'll sew the inseams together.

While the bandanas are still inside out fold down the top of your shorts about 2 inches.
Iron this down flat, then you'll sew around the edge
making sure to leave enough space for the elastic to fit through in a minute.
Don't sew it all the way closed just yet....leave a little gap. :)

Measure the elastic around your child's waste.  You want it to fit, but not be too tight or too loose.
Now you are going to thread your elastic through the opening you left opened.
If you attach a safety pin to the end of your elastic it makes this job a lot easier. :)
Sew the two ends of your elastic together.

Sew your gap closed, turn your shorts right side out & there you go {super cute} bandana shorts.
{Perfect for kiddos love to sleep in them.  They are so comfortable!}

Come back Monday & I'll show you how I made this {adorable} matching shirt!

Linking up here:


Come back tomorrow for the start of a new series here at Ginger Snap Crafts.
{Saturday Surprise}
New giveaways each & every Saturday!  {Wahooey!}

If you are interested in sponsoring a giveaway
please email me at
Put Saturday Surprise in the subject line. :)

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

take a look at you {furniture re-do's}

Take a look at just some of the fun link ups
we had at last week's {wow me} wednesday link up party.
{This week I went with the theme of furniture re-do's.}
Take a minute to check out these fabulous blogs
for the before pictures.  Amazing job, ladies!
{Thanks for linking up last week.}

Love the color of this desk & chair re-do from Elizabeth & Co.
{You should really see the before pictures!!}

Adorable is the only way to describe this antique high chair make-over by Sweet Sewn Stitches.

Love garage sale finds that turn out this fabulous!
Loving this laptop table from Midwestern {Sewing} Girl.

What a difference some paint will do! Porchalicious! {Her word, not mine, but I like it!} :)
 Porch Furniture re-do from Christie's Cuties.

One word describes this re-do....stunning! 
Telephone Bench from Recaptured Charm

telephone gossip chair 010a

Love this entry way table re-do from Here Comes the Sun. 
Lovely.  {Love the baskets, too!}

How's this for a before & after!?
Beautiful little table from Our Small Town Idaho Life

If you were featured please fill free to grab a button.
Ginger Snaps
Remember there is still time to link up to this week's party!
{Just click the link at the top of the page!}

{wow me} wednesday #9

Welcome to {wow me} wednesday!
Last week was amazing {over 230 link ups!}.
I really enjoyed looking at your lovely link ups
& visiting your amazing blogs.
Thank you for all of the ideas & crafty inspiration!

This week just about everyone's link was viewed!  {Yeah!}
This makes me so happy. {Yippee!}
This is one the main reason I host a party each week.
I love having a place where we can all
find new & fun ideas, be inspired to create
& most of all make new friends. 
Thanks so much everyone!

The most viewed link was

{linked up by}
Smart-Bottom Enterprises

I don't drink coffee but anything with ice sounds wonderful right now. :)
It is hot, hot, hot outside!

I'll be featuring more of your fabulous link ups
at {take a look at you} on Thursday.
So make sure you check back to see if it was YOU who made me say {wow}.

Now on to the party! :)

The rules are simple.
Follow Ginger Snap Crafts.
{Grab a button or add a link.}
Link up something YOU
have made, done, whipped up or created.
Please no etsy shops, giveaways or advertisements.
{Link up to your post, not your main blog.}
Visit some of the other links.
Leave comments, make new friends
& most of all have fun!

Ginger Snaps
{Let's get this party started!}

{Double Wow}

There's a Ginger Snaps giveaway over on A Law Student's Journey
Love, love her blog!  Kitty's the one that inspired me to open up my own etsy shop & start this blog! :)

A Law Student's Journey
{Double Wow!}
Have you seen this?

The Silhouette Cameo is coming out soon!
It cuts up to 12 inches!!  {Wow!}

Definitely on my birthday wish list!
{Wish my hubby read my blog...maybe I should email him the link!} ;)

monday's mom {swimsuit re-do}

Summertime!  Wahoo!  Love it!
Only thing it is soooooooo hard to find a modest swimsuit,
& my daughter wanted a two piece swimsuit this year.

I hesitated because it seems like the two pieces
never stay down & you end up seeing too much skin! Ugh!

But then I saw this at Hobby Lobby!
It was on clearance, too! Wahoo!
It gave me an idea!

We bought this super cute 2 piece suit at Old Navy for $6.00.
Yes, it cost less than the velcro. ;)

I ironed on two spots in the front & two in the back.

Now we have a swimsuit both of us can agree on! :)

Having a hard time finding modest clothes, too?

Check out my new affiliate sponsor, Impel.
{You'll love what you see!}

Happy Monday, everyone!
Swim lessons start today for my kiddos! 
So, if you need me I'll be by the pool. ;)